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Hughes Network Systems Introduces Hot Spot Solution for Enterprises

Hughes Network Systems, Inc. (HNS), has introduced DIRECWAY Wi-Fi Access, its comprehensive Hot Spot
solution for the enterprise market, including restaurants, coffee shops,
and hotels.
Demand for broadband Internet access anytime, anywhere is fueling the
growth of wireless fidelity, or Wi-Fi Hot Spots. From more than 5,000
reported last year, over 42,000 Hot Spots are estimated by year end 2004
in the US alone, serving as many as 27 million customers and generating
more than $9 billion in annual revenue. What initially started as a niche
service catering to the business traveler in airports and hotels has
expanded to include all classes of “windshield warriors,” laptop-wielding
school and college students, truckers, campers and even stay-at-home

“DIRECWAY Wi-Fi Access is a complete, managed Hot Spot solution that can
turn any retail location into an Internet connection destination,
encouraging repeat visits, attracting new patrons and extending peak
hours,” explained James Gandolfi, senior vice president and general
manager, HNS San Diego. “It’s a winning proposition for a business owner
to provide customers with convenient broadband Internet access, and opens
up the potential for incremental revenue streams via cross-selling and
co-advertising with various other content, product and service providers.”

The continent-wide reach of DIRECWAY Wi-Fi Access means that retailers can
offer consistent, reliable Hot Spot service to any or all franchisee, or
company-owned locations. And HNS provides a complete, high quality managed
solution, including all equipment, installation, and back-end support
services, including customer billing and network management.

DIRECWAY Wi-Fi Access is available now as an upgrade for existing
enterprise customers of HNS’ DIRECWAY broadband satellite service, and
will be offered through all HNS sales channels, including its direct sales
team and value-added distributors and resellers.